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The Mariana Trench is the deepest location on earth and widely unexplored. The harsh conditions make it impossible for shallow ocean life to exist, and chartered explorations are a challenge, even with the most advanced submersible technology. Only 27 people have descended into its depths, including film director, James Cameron. We investigate the …
 
A chair. A doll. A painting. Relatively innocuous, but ask a paranormal expert and you might hear otherwise. In this episode we learn the history behind some of the world's most notoriously cursed and dangerous objects and artifacts, alleged to carry evil and malice beyond what we could imagine, including Robert the Doll, Busby's Stoop Chair, The C…
 
Ritualistic human sacrifice was a common practice in early and classical cultures. While we know it was done to earn the blessings of the gods, many scholars and archaeologists point to the underlying ways that human sacrifice served to enforce social control. In this episode, we take a walk down world history's morbid memory lane of sacred slaught…
 
Spooky enthusiasts rejoice, it's the most wonderful time of year: Halloween season! No better time than now to dive into the history behind America's most morbid holiday; how it started, where certain traditions like trick-or-treating come from, and how Halloween has evolved and popularized into more than just a commercial candy and costume fest. G…
 
Time can be a truly scary concept. In this episode, we investigate the personification of time, through imagery and art. We talk about chronophobia, the fear of time, and how Doomsday Clocks and Millennium Clocks exacerbate that fear. We take a look at what some of the world's richest people and most advanced scientific minds are doing to stop the …
 
The average lifespan of someone diagnosed with CTE is just 51 years. Promising athletic careers have been cut short, and lasting legacies have been marred by this debilitating neurodegenerative disease. We investigate the effects of CTE and repetitive head trauma, and how contact-heavy sports like football and wrestling are navigating the connectio…
 
The modern funeral industry capitalizes on stigmas about death, creating a deliberate air of mystery and secrecy around how funeral homes operate. We go inside the unspoken practices of morticians, and debunk some of the myths and tall tales surrounding the post-mortem process. Go to http://shadyrays.com and use code 30MM to get 50% off 2 or more p…
 
Sometimes the most dangerous place to be in the Victorian Era was inside your own home, thanks to the overwhelming number of chemicals and toxins that were in everyday use and objects. We unravel how substances like gas, lead, arsenic, formaldehyde and mercury, infiltrated and poisoned the nineteenth century home, and could be found en masse in pro…
 
Overflowing cemeteries and rampant disease forced 18th century Parisians to find a new place to inter the dead; the Paris Catacombs, a series of abandoned mining tunnels running 200 miles beneath the city. We cover the circumstances that led to the creation of this mass tomb, learn about the enthusiasts known as "cataphiles," the past and presence …
 
With a renewed interest in and demand for exorcists worldwide, we’re looking at the Vatican’s relatively new “exorcist school,'' and what it takes to become a fully-fledged exorcist. Plus, how an exorcism is performed, and the Roman Rite, a text that serves as the official guidebook. We’re also investigating who can request an exorcism and why, and…
 
History’s obsession with being prematurely buried alive, and what to do if you do find yourself six feet underground with no escape. We look at how this became a very real problem in the Victorian Era, and some of the inventions created to prevent unintentional dirt naps. Go to http://solostove.com and use promo code 30MM to get $10 off on top of s…
 
Exploring the origins of the modern tombstone and what the future of memorial monuments might hold. Plus, we break down the anatomy of epitaphs, and share some of history’s most bizarre and funny ones. Go to http://betterhelp.com/30MM to get 10% off your first month! Go to http://functionofbeauty.com/30mm to get 25% off your first order. Follow us …
 
Cloning was once considered the stuff of science fiction. Now, to many, it’s the future and the natural evolution of humanity’s progress, survival, and experimentation as a species. To others, it’s an abomination; playing god. In this episode of 30 Morbid Minutes we’re diving into the background of and types of cloning, the ethical questions, and h…
 
Reincarnation, the belief that the soul takes on another form after bodily death, is a cornerstone of many religions. Would you change your life choices if you knew your karma would follow you, even after death? We explore the notion of death and rebirth, and investigate stories of young children who claim to remember details of their past lives. G…
 
One of history’s most sadistic and violent rulers, Vlad the Impaler earned his reputation and nickname by driving stakes through the bodies of thousands (yes, thousands), mostly enemies, some friends. Legend and myth have also come to associate Vlad as one of the inspirations for the eponymous villain of Bram Stoker’s Dracula – but is this entirely…
 
Disney controls its family friendly image with an iron, four-fingered fist, but even the all-seeing Mouse House can’t anticipate every casualty – including the tragic deaths of park visitors or staff. Between 2006 and 2020, more than 20 people have met their end while at Florida’s Magic Kingdom, and countless others have died in fatal incidents at …
 
In August 1912 while on a family camping trip, four-year-old Bobby Dunbar wandered away from his family’s tent, presumed dead or kidnapped. Almost eight months later, “Bobby” was found, but many remained suspicious of his true identity and the circumstances of his disappearance. Would you know if your child was replaced by a look-a-like? Plus, some…
 
Today we cover the alleged haunting and possession that plagued Latoya Ammon and her family, residents of the 200 Demons House, and the series of exorcisms that transpired. Plus, we’re on a mission of decomposition, as we break down the very real and very messy phenomenon known as exploding coffin syndrome. Go to http://lectricebikes.com and use co…
 
Doctors are notorious for their sloppy penmanship, but did you know that sometimes handwritten prescriptions are so illegible that it’s caused patients to get the wrong medication, causing adverse reactions and on the rare occasion, death? Plus, in the truest example of a kangaroo court, history is littered with cases of animals being tried in cour…
 
Exploring caves is a fun hobby and pastime for many, however, unforeseen accidents and environmental shifts can cause nightmare scenarios, and even death. In this episode we cover the tragic history of Utah’s now closed Nutty Putty Cave. Plus, we embrace the sting of the Existential Slap, and what it means to confront the end of life. Follow us on …
 
Are near death experiences a glimpse into the afterlife or a complex neurological event? Perhaps both? We step into the light and explore our own mortality. Go to http://babbel.com/30MM to get 60% off your subscription. Go to http://betterhelp.com/30mm to get 10% off your first month of BetterHelp! Follow us on Social: https://twitter.com/elysewill…
 
An estimated 200 people die every year while taking a cruise. As a result, ships and their crews have developed intricate systems, code words, and protocol in the event a passenger dies on board. Still, dire complications can arise out on the open water, and not all deaths are by natural causes… Go to http://betterhelp.com/30MM to get 10% off your …
 
We explore the history of the Ouija Board; how it evolved from an otherworldly communication tool of Spiritualists and mediums, to a Hollywood phenomenon, to a bright pink party toy. Plus, we examine homicide cases where the Ouija Board has been used as a defense, and how the board actually works. Follow us on Social: https://twitter.com/elysewille…
 
We discuss the last meals of death row prisoners in the United States. Where, when, and why the tradition started, how last meals have evolved, and what the standards and practices are today. Plus, some of the more unique and bizarre requests. Follow us on Social: https://twitter.com/elysewillems https://twitter.com/JessicaVasami Go to http://surfs…
 
Grave robbing is a crime that still occurs around the world today. We dig (pun intended) into the motivations of body snatchers and tomb treasure trawlers, and research classical and modern methods of deterrence used. Follow us on Social: https://twitter.com/elysewillems https://twitter.com/JessicaVasami Learn more about your ad choices. Visit mega…
 
Over 200 climbers have lost their lives attempting to summit Mount Everest. The majority of the dead are still on the mountain, frozen in time, their bodies serving as both landmarks for aspiring hikers, and a solemn reminder of what can happen during a climb gone wrong. We investigate the dangers of climbing Everest, how human remains are brought …
 
Have you ever experienced sleep paralysis? What really is it? We dive into the scientific causes as to how and why sleep paralysis occurs. But is it all in our minds? Throughout the ages different cultures have crafted their own explanations for this terrifying nighttime phenomenon. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices…
 
Mortality skyrocketed during the Victorian Era, creating a culture obsessed with death and mourning. We explore the causes and the creepy customs and superstitions that developed during this period, plus the concept of a “good death.” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoicesOleh Rooster Teeth
 
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